Main Dish, Seafood

Air Fryer Mahi Mahi with Garlic Butter

Easy Air Fryer Mahi Mahi with Garlic Butter is made with a few simple ingredients and can be seasoned any way you want (more on that below!) If you’re looking for a quick, healthy dinner that’s full of flavor and easy to prepare, try this delicious air fryer fish recipe with no breading.

You’ll love this lean fish’s sweet flavor and flaky texture. This mahi mahi air fryer recipe works for both fresh or frozen fish fillets and will be ready to eat in only 10 minutes!

This seafood recipe is perfect on it’s own or great for adding to fish tacos or a seafood buddha bowl with rice and veggies.

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Seasoned air fryer mahi mahi on a grey plate with slices of lemon on the side.

Mahi Mahi is a popular fish served at many restaurants and, lucky you, it’s an easy fish to cook at home! Serve this healthy dinner option on a busy weeknight or as an easy dinner for hosting guests.

Get ready for the best mahi mahi recipe – air fry mahi mahi to perfection with a handful of ingredients and a few simple steps.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Mahi Mahi fillets – You can air fry frozen fish fillets or fresh (thawed). Directions for both preparations can be found below.
  • Seasoning – salt, ground black pepper, and garlic. Find more ways to season mahi mahi below.
  • Butter
  • Lemon (optional)

Equipment Needed:

Ingredients needed to make this recipe: fish fillet, lemon, garlic, butter, salt and pepper.

How to Cook Air Fryer Mahi Mahi

In my opinion, the best way to cook mahi mahi is in the air fryer. Honestly, I love all air fryer fish! So, how to air fry mahi mahi:

Coat the fish in a rich, garlic butter and seasonings of choice. Air fried mahi mahi gets slightly crisp on the outside and remains flakey and moist on the inside.

First, preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil spray to prevent the fish from sticking to the bottom.

In a small bowl, melt butter in the microwave and stir in minced garlic. Brush the melted garlic butter over the fish fillets and season as desired. Before cooking, spray the top of the fish with olive oil spray to prevent the garlic and seasonings from burning.

Place mahi mahi in air fryer and cook for 10 minutes until it reaches an internal temperature of 140-145°F.

Brushing butter and garlic onto an uncooked seasoned fish  fillet.

How to Cook Frozen Mahi Mahi in Air Fryer?

Cooking air fryer frozen fish fillets is very similar to cooking thawed fish fillets. You may need to add on an extra minute or two for frozen mahi, but typically the cook time is the same.

If you cook frozen mahi mahi in air fryer check the internal temperature after 10 minutes. If it’s lower than 140°F, add an additional minute of cook time until an internal temperature of 140°F is reached.

Uncooked mahi mahi in air fryer basket.
Air fried mahi mahi fillet in air fryer basket.

How to Season Mahi Mahi

The subtle sweet flavor of mahi mahi is delicious seasoned with simple ingredients, such as: butter, minced garlic, salt and pepper. If you want to add some extra flavor, here are a couple other seasoning options:

A fish fillet on a plate with lemons on the side. A fork has a piece of fish on it.

FAQs & Tips

What does mahi mahi taste like?

Mahi mahi is a firm, lean white fish that has a moderate fishy flavor and tastes mildly sweet. The fish is meaty, but still has a delicate texture and moist flakes.

What to serve with mahi mahi?

Some good mahi mahi sides are Air Fryer Green Beans and Cauliflower Spanish Rice. Here are 23 Easy Air Fryer Side Dishes that would also be great to serve with mahi mahi. You can also enjoy air fried mahi mahi with a side salad.

What is a good mahi mahi substitute?

Mahi mahi is flakey like halibut and dense like swordfish, so the best substitute for mahi mahi would be halibut or swordfish.

Do I need to preheat my air fryer?

Yes. Just like you would preheat an oven before cooking, it’s best practice to preheat your air fryer too.

What should the internal temperature of mahi mahi be cooked to?

Cook the fish until it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F according to the FDA. I cook my fish closer to 140°F. Be careful not to overcook it as it will dry out. The fish will flake easily when it’s done.

Seasoned air fryer mahi mahi on a grey plate with sliced lemons on the side.

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Seasoned air fryer mahi mahi on a grey plate with slices of lemon on the side.

Air Fryer Mahi Mahi with Garlic Butter

happyhoneykitchen
Air fryer mahi mahi is a healthy recipe made with simple ingredients. You can use fresh or frozen mahi mahi. Cook mahi mahi in air fryer for a delicious and quick meal!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 170 kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • Meat thermometer

Ingredients
  

  • 2 mahi mahi fillets
  • 2 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • lemon wedge optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F. Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil so the fish doesn't stick to the bottom.
  • Season the fish fillets with salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl, microwave butter until melted and stir in minced garlic.
  • Using a pastry brush, brush the melted butter and garlic mixture over the fish fillets and place them in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook mahi mahi at 400°F for 10 minutes or until an internal temperature of 140-145°F is reached. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon on top, if desired.

Notes

  • If you air fry frozen mahi mahi, check the internal temperature after 10 minutes of cooking. If it’s lower than 140°F, add an additional minute of cook time until an internal temperature of 140-145°F is reached.
  • To make blackened mahi mahi, coat the fish with Homemade Blackened Seasoning and drizzle melted butter over the top before cooking.
  • For mahi mahi tacos, sprinkle the fish with Low Sodium Taco Seasoning then spray with olive oil before cooking.
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